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Religious Happier During Bad Times

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Religious are happier and outnumber the non-religious in societies under stress but their numerical edge diminishes during peace, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Ed Diener, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Illinois who is also a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization, analyzed data from the […]

Celebrated Fort Hood Officers Losing Jobs

FORT HOD, Texas, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The first two law enforcement officers to respond to the Fort Hood, Texas, massacre have left the base after being told they’d lose their jobs, officials said. Mark Todd and Kimberly Munley have been told they would lose their jobs as part of broader military spending cuts, the […]

Teens Allegedly Pointed Laser At Copter

OSHAWA, Ontario, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Six Canadian teenagers have been charged with assault for allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter patrolling over Oshawa, Ontario, officials say. The Durham police helicopter was flying over the city at 12:30 a.m. on July 29 when the green laser beam was pointed directly into the cockpit, […]

Perry To Make Intentions Clear

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make a clean indication about his intentions for the 2012 presidential campaign Saturday in South Carolina, advisers say. While Perry is not expected to formally announce a campaign in Charleston this weekend, people privy to his planning say a speech he will be […]

Bullying May Result In Lower Test Scores

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Prevalence of bullying on campus may hurt high-school student test performance, U.S. researchers suggest. Dewey Cornell, a clinical psychologist and professor of education at the University of Virginia, and colleagues compiled surveys about bullying in 2007 from more than 7,300 ninth-grade students and almost 3,000 teachers at 284 high […]

Obama: Job Creation ‘not Rocket Science’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday America has solutions to all of its challenges and creating more jobs “is not rocket science.” Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Washington, the president told an estimated 140 invited guests “we’ve had a couple of very difficult days in the stock market, […]

Quebec Settles Sled Dog Slaughter Case

KANGIQSUALUJJUAQ, Quebec, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Quebec officials Monday signed a document recognizing the slaughter of sled dogs decades ago had a significant effect on the Canadian province’s Inuit culture. Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley were joined by Makivik Corp. President Pita Aatami in Kangiqsualujjuaq to put their names to […]

Britta Palin Gives Birth To Daughter

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter-in-law, Britta, has given birth to a girl, a family representative told UsMagazine.com. Britta, 21, married Palin’s 22-year-old son Track in May. Their first child was born Sunday, UsMagazine.com reported. No other details regarding the baby’s birth were immediately available. Britta is a nursing […]

China Tries To End Sex-selective Abortions

BEIJING, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Chinese government says it will be cracking down on sex-selective abortions for non-medical purposes. The family planning policy, announced by the Chinese government in a release Monday, is an attempt to put an end to illegal sex-selective abortions and balance the sex ratio in the country where many people […]

‘Workplace Incivility’ Very High

MARION, Ind., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Incivility in the workplace is “growing and prevalent” as companies lay off workers while expecting to keep productivity up, a U.S. psychologist suggests. Jeannie Trudel of Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion said academics define workplace incivility as “a form of organizational deviance … characterized by low-intensity behaviors that violate respectful workplace […]

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